Today we're taking a closer look at another updated St Martin part for 2014. It's the BTF (Back to Flat) handlebar which was first introduced as Taka's signature handlebar last year. Now they lowered the crossbar and made it curved. Since chrome is the new/old black it will be available in chrome. And black ;-) The specs stayed the same as far as we can tell:
8.0 high, 25.6″ wide 3° back sweep, 2° up sweep 100 % heat treated strong and thick Cr-Mo 19 mm crossbar 840 grams / 30.0 oz
As you may have read on FacebookDez is now part of the Orbea team. He joins Viki and Varo Hernandez as part of there flatland team. Obviously it was time to ask Dez for a bike check!
Frame: Orbea Rude 19.6 tt 12.7 cs Forks: A Bad Thing Stem: KHE minimalism Headset: fsa Bars: S&M Intrikat 8.5 Grips: tennis grip over normal grip Bar ends: Arestic Stainless steal Seat: Kink pivotal Seatpost: Odyssey Sprocket: St. Martin Splined 20t Cranks: St. Martin EVO Splined 155mm BB set: Mid size Pedals: Arestic Chain: half link Front hub: Khe Geisha Front rim: 34r Front tire: Khe in winter/ Odyssey in summer Rear hub: Mix Ares with Runkai Rear rim: 34r Rear tire: Khe in winter/ Odyssey in summer Pegs: A Bad Thing round caps
Modifications: - Mounted a bold in the dropouts for the chain tensioners that came with the pegs. - Cut seat for more space and use the odyssey seatpost so the seat is more centered. - Use tennis grips over regular grips for more grip and thicker grips. - Switched the clutch from the ares freecoaster for the one in the runkai. Also removed a ring for maximum slack.